I’d say that rhetoric like this is beyond the pale – which it is, of course – but the media and civility police (inasmuch as they’re different) are busy reserving their outrage for the next Republican “dog whistle” of a comment whose insensitivity and violent intentions only they can hear.
Jeff Emanuel describes the latest effort to establish the meme that Republicans are out to kill people and destroy the environment: Harry Reid: Republicans are Personally Poisoning the American People.
In yet another installment of the “New Tone Rules Only Apply to Republicans” series, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the floor of the Senate on Wednesday to accuse “Republicans” of using the payroll tax cut bill to extort the Democrat majority for the right to personally poison the American people.
Yes, you heard that right: the Senate Majority Leader took a page out of former Rep. Alan “Republicans want you to die quickly” Grayson’s (D-FL) book and delivered that accusation from the floor of the United States Senate.
Naturally, this came only two weeks after Reid called on both sides – the dirty, evil, water-poisoning Republicans and the good-hearted Democrats – to “achieve greater results for the American people.”
video and transcript at the link.
This is the elected majority party leader in the ‘upper’ house of the legislature of the nation. One has to wonder why a person in such an esteemed position will make a habit of asserting that his political opposition have absolutely no regard for humanity. What does it say about a political party when a major part of their platform is that the opposition party is totally callous towards the country and its citizens?